#198 – “Across The Lands”
We recited 1 Peter 1:1-17 as a whole and reviewed propositional truths that were covered in previous weeks.
STUDY & PROPOSITIONS
1 Peter 1:17
Our conduct perceives eternity.
“During the time of your stay on earth.” This is talking about a temporary stay, similar in idea to visiting a foreign land on a trip or vacation. We are sojourners; we are not to settle down, but are merely passing through this world as non-permanent residents (1 Peter 1:1; 2:11).
Earth is not our permanent home. We should have a mentality that we are on “temporary missionary visa.” We are not of this world (John 15:18-19).
What can we do to encourage one another to keep our focus on eternity?
Don’t stumble others by overly focusing or praising on the temporal pleasures of this world.
Encourage one another with the reality of Christ’s imminent coming.
Comfort one another with the hope of our resurrection (1 Thessalonians 4).
Remind each other that this world and all it contains is passing away; nothing in this world will last forever.
Confess our sins to one another. We will all be judged by God, so encourage one another to “be holy, for God is holy.”
What is the conduct of someone who perceives eternity?
Evaluates every facet of life, because God sees everything.
Is busy about the Lord’s work.
Lives to worship God and praise Him.
Demonstrates holiness, being set apart from this world for God.
Makes disciples of others unto God.
Utilizes skills and time for God’s glory.
1 Peter 1:18-19
We are redeemed from a futile way of life.
Redemption speaks of being freed from bondage to something with a payment. We should have been judged by God for our sins, but we have been redeemed through the precious blood of Christ.
A futile life (literally, “conduct” a. la. v. 17) is not merely pointless, but more than that, in God’s eyes it is sinful and unfruitful. Ephesians 4:17-19 paints a picture of such a futile and sinful life.
Examples of futile and godless philosophies of life that we can “inherit from our forefathers”:
“Get a good job and make a lot of money.”
“Make a great name for yourself and earn the respect from others.”
“Church is important, but don’t get too into it - these other priorities in life are more important for you at this time”
“Take care of yourself and your family, and don’t get too involved in others’ business.”
“Health is the most important thing.”